Ethics and Professional Responsibility – JURI 580

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the authority and duties of lawyers in the practice of their profession as advocates, mediators, and counselors; and of their responsibility to the courts, to the bar, and to their clients, including a study of the various ABA standards of professional conduct.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to integrate a biblical worldview into the study of ethics and professional responsibility. Legal professionals often face ethical dilemmas and must be equipped with the tools to make correct decisions when faced with difficult choices. The student studying this course will gain a proper understanding of how ethics integrates the legal profession and the importance of a Christian worldview when engaged in the profession of law.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the moral, ethical, and professional responsibilities present in the legal profession.
  2. Discuss the sources of ethical standards for the legal profession.
  3. Describe the rules of professional responsibility.
  4. Explain how the rules of professional responsibility impact legal professionals.
  5. Apply Christian worldview principles to the rules of professional responsibility.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must be supported by at least 2 citations in current Bluebook format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and be supported with at least 1 citation in current Bluebook format.

This assignment will be completed in 2 parts. For each part of this assignment, the student will select 10 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. For each selected rule, he/she will use a biblical passage that illustrates the moral duty imposed by Scripture on the Christian legal professional. In at least 150 words for each of the 10 rules, the student will explain how each particular passage relates to the model rule selected. For each rule, the student will indicate whether the biblical standard would impose greater ethical responsibility on the Christian legal professional than the model rule. These assignments must be submitted in current Bluebook format. Note: For the ABA Module Rules Assignment, LL.M. students only are required to write an additional 250 words for each answer totaling 2500 words.

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for all 8 modules/weeks. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 essay questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit.